What Obama Means by Jabari Asim
...for Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future

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“Provocative and compelling.”
 —New York Newsday


“Both entertaining and insightful.”
Washington Post Book World

“It should be on the required reading list.”
 —Chicago Sun-Times


What Obama Means by Jabari Asim, renowned cultural critic and author of The N Word, is a timely and sharp analysis of how the “Obama phenomenon” exhibits progress in American politics and society. A frequent guest and commentator on “The Colbert Report,” “The Today Show,” NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show” and many other media programs, Asim also examines how cultural and political forces led to the watershed 2008 presidential election while indicating what the election means for every American.  


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Jabari Asim is the author of the critically acclaimed The N Word. He is editor-in-chief of The Crisis—the magazine of the NAACP—and former editor at and frequent contributor to the Washington Post, and his writing has appeared on Salon.com and in Essence, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He divides his time between Maryland and Illinois with his wife and five children.
Published January 9, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 244 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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It’s unclear, for example, how comedian Sarah Silverman’s “fearless” and “irreverent” use of racial stereotypes on Obama’s behalf measurably differs from the blackface satire of Saturday Night Live or the recent film Tropic Thunder, or how, precisely, Obama has exploited the cultural fixture of t...

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In addition to turning the old civil-rights model of African-American leadership on its head, Obama has suggested a new framework of public service and leadership that will undoubtedly influence ambitious Americans of all backgrounds.

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